2nd Clubman of 2014
On Monday 17th March 2014 Wakefield Camera Club welcomed back Tony Caunt to judge the 2nd round of the 2014 Clubman competition.
The theme for this round was “Open” meaning that anything goes, well, within reason. Tony explained that he believed in spreading the scores and judging fairly, Tony was also keen to point out to the many newcomers to photography competitons that a low score did not mean you had submitted a bad image, it just meant that yours is not as good as some of the others and that it is important not to lose heart and to keep trying.
There were 32 prints to judge covering many subjects from droids and angels, trees and trams to a red letter box and a sheep. Tony even entertained the audience with a the story of a recent trip to Switzerland where he was fortunate enough to photograph the local horned sheep but only after trudging through fields of knee deep snow. Tony provided some excellent advice and useful comments on every print before awarding Commended to Vera Jones and Chris New for This is Hard Work and Juxtaposition, Highly Commended to Glen Shute for the Bluebell Wood, Third went to David Jones for I Must Hold My Tongue and both second and first went to Phil Gledhill for Into Yorkshire and the Castleford Weir.
After a short break Tony was asked to review and comment on a wide ranging selection, reviewing 47 wonderful digital images. Subjects ranged from bees to barges, cars to Clair and from the remote Orkney Lighthouse to the kitchen tap. Judging was always going to be hard with such a wide range of excellent images to choose from but Tony managed to provide really good constructive feedback on every image. The theme of the night was clearly crop more and please, no more turquoise sky! Three images were Commended Wine Flow by Sarah Bindon, Kelly by Lee Todd and Shibden Hall by John Bunn, two images were Highly Commended, Bee in Flight by David Jones and Climbing Towards Ais Gill by David Carr. Third was awarded to Lee Todd for his Fire in the Tunnel and for the second time in one night first and second was awarded to Phil Gledhill for the The Power and the Glory and Castleford Flour Mill.
A first class evening and many thanks to Tony Caunt for his hard work and enthusiastic feedback. A special mention to Phil Gledhill for his excellent images and for winning 4 of the 6 top places, all well deserved.
The top three print and digital images are below and have been added to the clubman competitions result pages here.